Luto supports National Institute for Health Research to improve injection safety with University of Bath project
Due to the complicated nature of preparing injections, mistakes are made in around a third of doses. Although these are often minor errors, it is a statistic that University of Bath pharmacist Dr Matthew Jones wants to change with a new project to improve patient safety.
Dr Jones has been awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Transitional Research Fellowship to move from the laboratory into clinical research, as he seeks to makes injections and other medical procedures safer.
The two year fellowship will begin January 2018. During the project Dr Jones is collaborating with Professor Margaret Watson in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and colleagues at the Universities of Leeds and Bristol, and UCL. If successful, the findings could be used to inform changes to guidance for other kinds of medicine.
Luto’s Academic Advisor, Professor Theo Raynor, is one of 4 academic supervisors. Theo’s focus is on supporting Matthew’s training and development for the first part of his work which consists of user testing information about injectable medicines for health professionals. At the centre of this support is the one-week period of one-to-one bespoke training undertaken at Luto Research. The training focuses on learning the skills required to undertake all the steps of the user testing process.
Professor Raynor said ‘Ensuring the fitness-for-purpose of information about medicines for professionals is the Cinderella of research into the readability of medicines information. There has been an almost total focus on information for patients – but both professionals and patients need good information for the safe and effective use of medicines. Our experience at Luto Research is that User Testing of health professional information materials is just as valuable as testing the information aimed at patients.’